Societas Rosicruciana in Scotia
Eighth Degree - Magister
ritual dates from the first half of the 20th century
Opening of a Council of Magistri
Fratres! We are assembled in our sacred Temple to fulfil the duties of Magistri
of the Society of the Rose and Cross, and I give you hearty greeting.
In accordance with the ancient custom I call upon
the Fratres to rise and stand with reverence around our Temple Triangle all
rise and let each one breathe in silence a
prayer and a thanksgiving while I salute in solemn form the Sacred Emblems
inscribed upon the Altar.
Let each Frater bend the knee, bow the head, and place the right hand upon the
heart in token of submission to the Most High, and of devotion to the aims and
welfare of our ancient Society.
Behold, my Fratres! I salute the Sacred Emblems. I trace the Circle of Infinity,
touch the three points of the Sacred Delta and the four angles of the Square of
the Elements, and with due reverence point to the Symbol of Divine Unity
presiding at the Centre of Existence.
Say after me: O t… q… d… all repeat, and rise.
By the power and authority vested in me I declare
this Council of Magistri to be duly opened.
Be seated, Fraters.
Ceremony of Admission
When the knocks of an Adeptus
Exemptus are heard on the Portal, the C. calls for silence and attention.
Right Worthy Secretary, you will enquire who disturbs this Council of Magistri.
S. goes to the Portal, receives
the name and motto of the Candidate, and returns to his place and says: Most Worthy Supreme Magus (or Right Worthy Celebrant), our Very Worthy
Frater …, an Adeptus
Exemptus, who has been chosen for advancement, now
seeks admission to the Eighth Grade in this Temple of Magistri of the Rose and
You will admit the Very Worthy Frater, who has been chosen for the Mastery.
S. goes once more to the Portal,
admits the Adept, and leads him to the West, facing the Altar. The Adept bows to
Very Worthy Frater Adept, the attention and study which you gave to the pursuits
of the Society led to your admission to the Second Order. The prominence you
have attained among your Fratres has led to your selection as a Member of the
Third Order, and it has been decided to advance you to the Eighth Grade of the
Society, and our Right Worthy Frater, the Secretary-General, is instructed to
place your name on the Roll of those Fratres who are Magistri Societatis
Rosicruciana in Scotia.
The knowledge and experience you have gained in
your progress through the Seven Grades of the First and Second Orders which you
have successively passed, have given you an insight into the Mysteries of
Science and Religion. You have obtained a clearer understanding of the Symbols
and outward forms, which have ever been employed to veil the greater truths from
the multitude, who would have been unable to appreciate them.
The principles of Numbers were displayed to you in
your Zelatorship; the Secrets of Colour were exhibited to you in the Grade of
Theoricus; the processes of Alchemy in the Grade of Practicus; and the dogmas of
Theosophy were taught in the Grade of Philosophus.
The three successive stages of your Adeptship have
implanted in your mind, and impressed upon your heart, the solemn lessons of
Death. You were assured that Death is but change and not destruction, and that
the tendency of the life-wave is ever to progress upward and onward to the
Divine Source or all Life and of all Good.
As Fratres of the Third Order, we are empowered to rule the members of the lower
grades, to supervise their studies, and to review the progress which has been
made in science, art, and literature. As a Magister of the Society you must,
however, learn to be a true Master, and especially over your own lower Nature,
for so only will you be able to rule the Fratres, and attain to success in any
sphere of usefulness to which you may be appointed by the Supreme Magus of the
C. to Cand.: Approach the East and kneel. Place your hands on the Sacred Triangle upon
the Altar before you, and repeat after me:
C. and cand.: I swear by the Torrent of Fire, by the Whirlwind of Air, by the Floods of
Water, and by the Earth whereon I kneel, that I will be, and for ever remain,
true and faithful Magister of the Society of the Rose and Cross, and I do
undertake faithfully to carry out the behests of the Supreme Magus of the
Society in Scotia, whose earnest co-adjutor I now engage myself to become. So
help me all the sacred and mysterious powers above, represented by the Sublime
Emblem of the Triangle upon his holy Altar, here in the East of this House of
the Holy Spirit.
You will salute with your lips the Sacred Triangle.
Be seated, Fratres!
Rise, newly pledged Magister, and may you become a
worthy successor to our great Founder, Christian Rosenkreutz, who, having laid
the foundation of this Society upon a holy basis, instructed its members in the
mystical knowledge acquired by his great talents. After a life spent in acts of
benevolence, he died in the love and esteem of all the Fratres, and being buried
in the symbolic Vault, was yet again brought to be a witness to the mystical
knowledge of the Fratres or the House of the Sanctus Spiritus; and so hallowed
this Society of the Rose of Silence and Secrecy, and the Cross of Self-Sacrifice
and High Endeavour.
The emblematic design upon the Altar is of a sacred
nature, The Circle represents Infinity; the Triangle refers to the Holy Trinity
the Square to the four Elements; and the central point is a symbol of the Divine
The words and signs of the Grade
are then communicated.
The Words are “O T… q… d…” signifying H… b… are t… T…, O
L… at H… The Signs of the Grade of Magister are thus given: I place my right
hand upon the C… of your Head, thus covering with my outstretched fingers your
Brain, the seat of man’s intellect, a the temple was the dwelling of the
You—as the other Magister, will then give me the
Answering Sign—by placing your right hand on my Heart, the emblematic seat of
the affections and of love.
Thus these two Signs demonstrate, first a
Salutation to the Temple of God, and secondly a Recognition that God is Love.
The Secretary-General leads the
Candidate to the Exponent.
A Magister must give eight knocks upon the Portal to gain admission — four and
four, which refers to IHVH and INRI.
A Magus desiring admission to a Council gives four
and five knocks, which typify IHVH, Jehovah, and IHSHVH Jehoshuah or Jesus.
As a Magister, you belong to the Eighth Grade, and
have entered the Third Order of this Society of the Rose and Cross. You may be
called upon by the Most Worthy Supreme Magus to act as a High Councillor, or as
the Celebrant of a College, or may be empowered by Dispensation to confer the
Grades of Adeptship, or to take part in the admission of Fratres to the Mastery,
or even to confer the Grade of Magister.
The formula of Recognition is as follows when you
meet another Magister Rosæ Crucis, say to him
1st Master: Ave Frater.
2nd Master: Rosæ (touch head).
1st Master: et Crucis (touch heart).
2nd Master. Benedictus Dominus Deus Noster.
1st Master: Qui nobis degit Signum.
the Grade you have now received entitles you to be called “Right Worthy
Frater,” and may you ever live so as to be deserving of so honourable a
designation. Be moderate in all things, be ever desirous of further progress, be
ready to teach, and as ready to learn, and so shall the Great INRI, the Christos,
the “Lux Mundi,” lead you into all Peace in the time to come.
Fratres! I call on you to salute your new Frater
with the Sign of the Grade of Magister.
Each Frater steps up in turn and
places his right hand on the head of the new Magister, who places his
right hand on the heart of the
The Historical Lecture of the Eighth Grade
Right Worthy Fratres,
The history of the Rosicrucians goes hack into the
Middle Ages, and in Germany was the origin of the Fraternity.
The earliest public notice of the Fratres of the
Rose and Cross appeared in 1614 in a pamphlet printed at Cassel in Germany, and
entitled “Fama Fraternitatis.” It was a
narrative of the founding of the Society, and this was reprinted in 1615,
together with a second pamphlet, entitled, “Confessio
Fraternitatis, ” being a confession of the faith of the Rosicrucians, with
their purpose and duties.
These tracts were made known in an English
in this country in 1652, by Thomas Vaughan, a mystic philosopher who wrote under
the pseudonym of Eugenius Philalethes.
The “Fama,” which is a history, narrates that
the highly learned Frater Christian Rosenkreutz travelled with a Father P.A.L.
to the East in search of knowledge, and reached Cyprus where his friend died in
Christian Rosenkreutz then went on to Damascus and
studied there, subsequently going into Egypt, where he remained a long time.
He journeyed along the Mediterranean Sea and
visited Fez, where he studied the learning and magic of the Arabs, finally
crossing over into Spain and learning the Jewish Kabalah, also the philosophy of
He returned at length to Germany in 1402, and
settled down to codify the vast amount of knowledge he had collected.
There, in a place now unknown, he collected around
him a group of earnest students and self-sacrificing brothers, to whom he taught
the Oriental systems of Religion and Philosophy, Alchymic and Astrological ideas,
the doctrines of the Hermetic students of Egypt, and the Kabalah of the jewish
Christian Rosenkreutz chose at fist three faithful
Fratres, and later five others were selected by him, and these eight earliest
Fratres constituted the “Domus Sancti
Spiritus,” or “house of the Holy Spirit”
—the first Rosicrucian Temple—and this was in Germany, but its place has
never been revealed.
Six ordinances were laid down to govern the
original members in the conduct of their lives,
FIRST—That none of them should profess any great
powers, knowledge or authority to the outer world, but should do good, and heal
the poor freely.
SECOND—That no peculiar habit should be worn when
out in the world, to make them conspicuous or liable to persecution.
THIRD—That on one day at least in every year all
should assemble to record their work, and communicate to each other their gains
FOURTH—Every Frater should seek one or more
suitable persons to succeed him.
FIFTH —That “R.C.” or “C.R.” should be
their seal, mark and character.
SIXTH—That the Society should remain a secret or
private one, at least for a hundred years, if no longer.
In society, study and work they passed many years,
and the eldest Fratres or Magistri designed and executed a funeral Chamber,
about 1450, in which Christian Rosencreuz should lie embalmed when his end came.
Christians Rosenkreutz charged them to bury him
there, and to close up the chamber, after arranging within it copies of the
books, magical weapons, and other secret paraphernalia designed by him and used
in magic art by members of the Society.
At length the Great Founder died, as we reckon, in
1484, and was entombed.
On the door of the vault an inscriptions—Post
centum viginti annos patebo—was engraved on a brazen plate, meaning that the
vault should be opened after 520 years.
This long period passed by, and Roman Catholicism
had become in a great measure superseded by the Lutheran Reformed Religion, but
the work of the Rosicrucians had continued in peace and secrecy.
At last in 1604 the Fratres then forming the
central group of the Society disclosed the door of the secret chamber and
entered the vault, and there lay the embalmed body of the Founder in perfect
condition, clothed in the Symbolic Robes and the Insignia of his office of Magus
or Head of the Society, and there were found stored the original books and
properties of the earliest members.
The hundred years of absolute secrecy having
expired, the living Fratres decided to make the Society more manifest, and to
disclose its history and origin.
It has been alleged that a Theologian named
Valentine Andrea was the anonymous author who published the History or “Fama,”
which narrates the Foundation, and the “Confessio,” or declaration of the
tenets, of the Fratres Rosæ et Crucis at the time of manifestation, and so the
learned of Europe were first made acquainted, about 1614, with the purposes and
doctrines of the Rosicrucians.
Intense excitement was caused by these two little
books, and there are still extant in German and other libraries more than 300
pamphlets, written within a period of twenty years, upon the Rosicrucian
Frater F. Leigh Gardner has published a
“Catalogue Raisonné” of Rosicrucian literature, which is deserving of the
attention of all Magistri. It shows that a very voluminous literature concerned
with the Rosicrucian Legend and the Mystical studies of the Rosicrucians still
Among notable Magi and Magistri there have been
several, well-known by name and reputation:—Michael Maier, who died in 1622;
Robert Fludd, or “de Fluctibus,” 1637; Sir Kenelm Digby, 1665; Thomas
Vaughan, 1680; John Heydon, 1685; Elias Ashmole, 1692; and Sigismund Richter,
In 1785 was published, at Altona, “Geheime
Figuren der Rosenkreuzer,” or “The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucias,” a
learned work on Theosophy, with many symbolic plates.
A copy of “The Admission” of the famous chemist
and alchemist, Sigismund Bacstrom, by the Count de Chazal in 1794, was in the
possession of the late Frater Frederick Hockley: this is now in the library of
the High Council in Anglia; it contains in full the pledges given by this Frater
to the Society of the Rose and Cross.
From that time onwards there have always been
groups of students and individual philosophers having relation by descent with
the original Rosicrucians of mediæval Germany.
In 1830, Godfrey Higgins wrote in his “Anacalypsis,”
that a College was at work in England.
Many men of learning and students of Masonic
History, as Nicolai, Buhle, and De Quincey, have asserted that the symbolic and
philosophic teachings found in the Rituals of Craft Masonry were derived from
Rosicrucian doctrines and incorporated into the body of Masonry, when
Freemasonry arose out of the Operative Masonry of the great Trade Guilds of
Masons who were the Cathedral and Church builders of the Middle Ages of Europe.
“The History of the Societas Rosicruciana in
Anglia,” printed and distributed in 1899, gives an account of the present
system of the Rosicrucian Fraternity in that country, and their proceedings
since the year 1866.
The History of the Society in Scotland was printed
and published in Edinburgh in 1924 by authority of the Supreme Magus in Scotia.
Fratres! You will assist me to close this Council of Magistri in solemn form. All
Fratres! before we leave this sacred Temple let us pledge each other ever to be
faithful to the vows we have taken, and let us continue to build a Spiritual
Temple, not made with hands, but eternal in the Heavens.
Let each Frater say aloud: I will be ever faithful
to my vows of duty and fidelity.
C. gives the Salute as in the
E. steps up and repeats.
S. also repeats.
All the Fratres then give 3, 4
and 1 s…s on the right hand upon the 1… p… in unison.
I now declare this Council of Magistri to be duly closed with these words of
prayer—Pax Domini est semper vobiscum. Amen.